Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Update and Mitigation


Every day brings new developments related to Coronavirus, and we understand that uncertainly can be unsettling. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted and our families and communities need to be kept safe and protected.

Hile Controls of Alabama, Inc. is committed to the health and well-being of our employees, customers and suppliers. We are monitoring the local situation and in contact with our suppliers on their ability to continue operations and shipments of orders. In addition, we are also monitoring the reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Here are a couple of links you may want to review regularly for up to date and useful information:

  • CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
  • https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  • https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf

We realize that, in this time of crisis, it is critical that we make it possible for you to continue your operations and to help you respond to the unique demands that you may be facing in your business. Our capabilities are wide ranging and varied:

  • We are a small office - open and fully functional and following the cleanliness and health guidelines at our office in Pelham, at this writing.
  • Our phones have been VOIP for years; which means we can take our office phones home and have the capability to answer your calls, even if we must shelter-in-place.
  • Our business system is also on the cloud, which means we have access to your orders and proposals with a touch of a few keys.
  • We have the ability to work with you through teleconferencing, Zoom calls and Facetime, so that we are all working within the guidelines of safe practices. 

As the spread lessens, which it will, we will continue to assist you with fast responses to your requirements for information, new ideas and innovative thought. We pray for the quick disposal of this virus that haunts us this day but have faith there are much better and brighter days ahead. Take care of yourselves, your loved ones and those that are at high risk within the community.

May God be with you and peace to us all.

Grady Andrews
President
Hile Controls of Alabama, Inc.
gandrews@hilealabama.com
ph: 205-620-4000
cell: 205-438-0983

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

New Product Alert: Pre-engineered Universal Process Control Panels by Schneider Electric - Eurotherm


Eurotherm by Schneider Electric is a worldwide manufacturer of precision process controls and data recorders.

Eurotherm is now manufacturing two new, pre-engineered, universal process control panels fitted with BACnet communications for easy integration into building automation systems. These control panels feature either the Eurotherm EPC3004 controller or nanodac™ Recorder/Controller and are designed for customers who typically like to use Eurotherm control products but have difficulty in getting them assembled into a control box or panel.
  • The EPC3000 range of programmable single loop process and temperature controllers maximizes efficiency and repeatability and are certified for cybersecurity communications robustness. The EPC3000 controller range is Ethernet enabled as standard and is the first Eurotherm controller to be designed and certified to meet the stringent cybersecurity requirements of Achilles® Communications Robustness Testing Level 1. Now the EPC3000 has native BACnet connectivity and provides the OEM and user a direct connection to building automation systems without the need of a costly and time-consuming third party gateway.
  • The nanodac™ recorder/controller offers the ultimate in graphical recording combined with PID control for a box of its size. The compact ¼ DIN panel mount unit offers four high accuracy universal inputs for data recording and PID control. This secure data recording device with accurate control is enhanced by a full color, ¼ VGA display to bring a crystal clear operator interface to even the smallest of machines. The nanodac™ is the industry’s first process controller and digital data recorder available with native BACnet.
The new pre-engineered universal process control panels are designed to satisfy a wide variety of industrial applications. This standard designed UL508A approved industrial control panel is ideal for customers who have projects where a custom control panel is not budgeted, and lead times are extended. The Eurotherm standard control panel includes all IO points wired to an easily accessible industrial terminal strip, alarm lights, a on/off switch, a 24 volt power supply transformer, and are standardly NEMA 4. They are currently manufactured and in stock at Eurotherm's plant in Virginia.

For more information, contact Hile Controls of Alabama. Call them at 800-536-0269 or visit their website at https://hilealabama.com.